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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 05/11/2011

NHL playoffs: Tuesday roundup

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 3 Detroit
(Series ties 3-3)

Game 1: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

Game 2: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1

Game 3: Sharks 4, Red Wings 3

Game 4: Red Wings 4, Sharks 3

Game 5: Red Wings 4, Sharks 3

Game 6: Red Wings 3, Sharks 1
Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula scored less than two minutes apart in the third period to lead the Red Wings to yet another come from behind victory and force a decisive Game 7 in a series that looked all but over after San Jose took the first three games. After failing to put the puck into the back of the net for more that 50 minutes of ice time, Zetterberg finally broke through with the tying tally with 9 minutes 22 seconds left and Filppula gave the Red Wings their first lead at 7:28. Darren Helm added an empty netter to seal a furious rally for the home team in a raucus Joe Louis Arena. It was the second straight game in which Detroit rallied from a deep deficit with a late surge — the Red Wings trailed 3-1 in Game 5 in San Jose before scoring the final three goals of the contest to avoid elimination. Detroit outshot San Jose 45-25 on the night and 32-13 over the final two periods. The Red Wings are the second team to rally from a 3-0 series deficit to force a seventh game this season — Chicago did it against Vancouver — and will try to become just the fourth team to win a series after trailing 3-0 on Thursday in San Jose.
San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was brilliant for 50 minutes of Game 6, but the Red Wings broke through late in the third period to force a decisive Game 7. (REBECCA COOK - REUTERS)

Quote of the night: “They lost three in a row and their confidence didn’t suffer. Ours won’t suffer, either. You work 82 games to get home ice for Game 7. Now, we’ve just got to make it work.” — Sharks captain Joe Thornton on blowing a 3-0 series lead

Game 7: Thursday at San Jose, 9 p.m. (Versus)

- Read the full game story from Tuesday night

- Box score

- From Detroit Free-Press columnist Michael Rosenberg: “Don’t question it. Don’t ask how or why. Don’t try to explain it, and try not to worry too much about what they will do next. Just sit back and marvel at what is happening now, something so wild and unexpected and thrilling that it rivals anything we’ve seen in this unparalleled era of Red Wings hockey.”

- The Sharks have given themselves yet another opportunity to bolster their reputation as one of the all-time greatest choke artists in NHL postseason history, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- From the National Post: A trip down playoff infamy lane

- The veteran Red Wings are once again proving to be too stubborn to surrender, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Drew Sharp

- Valtteri Filppula is starting to show the skill Red Wings expect of him (Detroit Free-Press)

- The Red Wings just won’t quit (Detroit News)

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 5 Nashville
(Canucks win series 4-2)

Game 1: Canucks 1, Predators 0

Game 2: Predators 2, Canucks 1 (2OT)

Game 3: Canucks 3, Predators 2 (OT)

Game 4: Canucks 4, Predators 2

Game 5: Predators 4, Canucks 3

Game 6: Canucks 2, Predators 1

- Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Vancouver awaits its Western Conference finals foe (Vancouver Sun)

- Video: Vigneault on his team and the upcoming conference finals (Vancouver Sun)

- Ryan Kesler - who tallied a point on 11 of his team’s 14 goals in the series - was the difference yet again in Monday’s series-clinching victory, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- Vancouver’s shutdown defensive pair of Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis locked down Nasvhille’s top offensive weapons (Vancouver Sun)

- The top offensive team in the regular season is willing to put style on the backburner if it means advancing to its first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994, writes ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay

Game 1: Saturday at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

Game 2: Tuesday at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

Game 3: Thursday, May 19 at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (Versus)

Game 4: Saturday, May 21 at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 5: Monday, May 23 at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 6: Wednesday, May 25 at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (Versus)

*Game 7: Friday, May 27 at Boston, 8 p.m. (Versus)

- The Bruins know Tampa Bay is loaded with offensive talent up front — the challenge is figuring out how to bottle them up (Boston Globe)

- Rookie coach Guy Boucher keeps playing mind games as his team gets ready to play the underdog yet again in the conference finals (Tampa Tribune)

- Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman seems to be making all the right moves as GM to turn Tampa Bay back into a Cup contender, writes Tracee Hamilton

- Boston won’t be taking the fifth-seeded Lightning lightly in the conference finals (Boston Globe)

- Bandwagon Bruins fans hitch a ride as Boston continues its playoff run (Boston Globe)

- Simon Gagne - who was injured during the Capitals’ series - expects to play in the Eastern Conference finals (Tampa Tribune)

- Tampa’s penalty kill will be key again against Boston (Tampa Tribune)

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:09 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Tags:  Playoffs

 
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